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Morning Report: Michael Bisping thinks he will still fight Georges St-Pierre next

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Michael Bisping might get his money fight after all.

Earlier this year, the UFC announced that Bisping would be defending the UFC middleweight title against former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre sometime later in the year. It appeared that the UFC was targeting a July date for the fight but that plan came crashing down when St-Pierre came out declaring that he would be unable to fight until October.

Shortly after St-Pierre’s announcement, UFC President Dana White said that they would be cancelling the Bisping-St-Pierre title bout and Bisping would instead have to face No. 1 contender Yoel Romero. Bisping then came down with a knee injury which he said would keep him out of action until later in the year. This prompted the UFC to announce an interim title fight between Romero and third ranked Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 on July 8th. Ostensibly, Bisping would then defend his belt against the interim champion once his knee was healed up. But that may not be the case.

On UFC Tonight on Wednesday, Bisping suggested that despite the interim title fight happening, the middleweight champion might still get his bout with St-Pierre.

“Georges is saying that he still wants to fight me, whether or not I have the belt – believe you me, I will have that belt – so just throwing that out there. Yoel [Romero], Robert Whittaker, they’re going to fight for the interim [title]. Of course, I will defend the belt against one of them but it sounds like me and Georges are still going to get it on. So I’m a happy man.”

St-Pierre announced his intent to return to MMA last year but engaged in a prolonged contract dispute with the UFC. He officially re-signed with the organization in February but a specific date for his return fight was never announced and the delay was straining the middleweight division. It turns out, St-Pierre’s return was so slow because he was suffering from an eye injury that was slow in healing. Bisping says that the UFC was aware of the injury when they booked the fight and because of that, middleweight champion is confident he’ll still get the fight with St-Pierre next.

“To my knowledge, [the eye injury was] why the fight was taking so long to materialize. Now as far as I was aware, Georges knew, the UFC knew, I knew but it wasn’t my news to talk about. It wasn’t my news to tell the public. That’s why I was still very confident in the fight happening. That’s why I’m still confident the fight is going to happen.”

Michael Bisping hasn’t defended the middleweight title since winning a unanimous decision over Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in October of last year.

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Jon went hambone on Gus.

Of course you are rooting for Daniel Gus, you might as well pray for him while you’re at it.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2017

And here’s a little FYI, you didn’t lose against DC and I because of your cardio, it was because your lack of heart.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2017

I’m not a champion because you don’t like my personality? Fuck you lol

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2017

“Jon Jones is a bad person” you sound like a fucking dork. Congrats on the engagement though, beautiful woman

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2017

Maybe good guys don’t always finish last.

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I’m not a champion cuz I’m a bad person? you’re not a champion because you don’t win championship fights.

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Gus saying thanks.

Thank you all for support, all the messages and calls. Will just take some time to enjoy Swedish summer with friends and family ❤️ #teammauler

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This bodybuilder is such a tool but charity is always a good thing.

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Tickets and plan it all out otherwise this trick won’t work.

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Cool.

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2012: Martin Kampmann stopped Jake Ellenberger with knees in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. In the co-main event, Michael Chiesa won the TUF Live lightweight tournament by submitting Al Iaquinta with a rear-naked choke.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If the UFC somehow still books GSP-Bisping after all this, what the f**k are we even doing here, man? Good god. I cannot understand it.

Also, Dana wanting 50/50 is basically him saying “I’m not trying to actually make this fight happen.” Hopefully, this charade ends soon and we can have McGregor defend a belt for once in his life.

Have a good one, see y’all tomorrow, and Conor bless.

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